NCRI WOMEN'S COMMITTEE

Works extensively with Iranian women outside the country and maintains a permanent contact with women inside Iran. The Women’s Committee is actively involved with many women's rights organizations and NGO's and the Iranian diaspora. The committee is a major source of much of the information received from inside Iran with regards to women. Attending UN Human Rights Commission meetings and other international or regional conferences on women’s issues, and engaging in a relentless battle against the Iranian regime's misogyny are part of the activities of members and associates of the committee.

nationwide sit-ins and strikes

The nationwide sit-ins and strikes of teachers spread to 26 out of 31 Iranian provinces and at least 61 cities on Monday, October 15, 2018. Women teachers have played an active role in all these strikes and protests.

Security forces had been threatening activist teachers and members of the coordinating council to dissuade them from going ahead with the nationwide sit-ins and strikes. Iran’s freedom-loving teachers, however, started their nationwide sit-ins and strikes on Sunday, October 14.

The Iranian teachers’ nationwide sit-ins and strikes are in protest to inflation, high prices, dwindling purchasing power of teachers, privatization of education and receiving tuition from students, as well as fraud and embezzlement in the Teachers’ Reserve Fund.

Among other things, teachers are demanding pay raise proportionate to the poverty line, insurance, elimination of discrimination in the educational system, standardization of school, and securing their safety.

One of the most serious demands of the teachers is the release of imprisoned teacher activists, and recognition of independent teachers’ unions.

The information collected up until noon on Monday, October 15, 2018, the nationwide sit-ins and strikes of teachers have spread to the following cities and provinces. In some cities, students declared solidarity with their teachers in schools, high schools and universities:

Tehran Province: Tehran, Qarchak in Varamin

Alborz Province: Karaj

Qom Province: Qom

Mazandaran Province: Sari, Amol, Babol

Gilan Province: Langrood, Astara

Golestan Province: Gorgan

North Khorassan Province: Shirvan

Razavi Khorassan Province: Mashhad, Torbat-e Heydarieh, Torbat-e Jam

Semnan Province: Semnan

West Azerbaijan Province: Urmia, Mahabad, Shahindej

East Azerbaijan Province: Tabriz

Kurdistan Province: Sanandaj, Divandarreh, Saqqez, Marivan, Dehgolan, Qorveh, Zarrineh, Zaveh

Kermanshah Province: Kermanshah, Paveh, Tondgouyan, Kouzaran, Ravansar, Gilan-e Gharb, Javanrood, Mahidasht

Lorestan Province: Khorramabad, Aligoudarz, Pol-e Dokhtar

Kohgilouyeh and Boyerahmad Province: Yasuj

Hamedan Province: Hamedan

Qazvin Province: Qazvin

Zanjan Province: Zanjan, Abhar

Isfahan Province: Isfahan, Shahinshahr, Dolatabad, Samirom, Garmeh

Yazd Province: Yazd

Khuzestan Province: Ahvaz, Gatvand

Fars Province: Shiraz, Kazerun, Firouzabad

Kerman Province: Rafsanjan

Bushehr Province: Bushehr, Borazjan

Sistan-o Baluchistan Province: Iranshahr

Hormuzgan Province: Qeshm

 

Teachers’ salaries are about one-third of the poverty line. The majority of teachers who work on temporary contracts receive even lower wages which are one-fourth of the poverty line, presently standing at 5 million toumans. Nevertheless, such low wages are paid with months of delay.

Women teachers and educators have participated in at least 62 acts of protests between March and September 2018. Last year, they participated in at least 88 protests for the whole year.

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